|Lixil Viet Nam Ltd today donates VND1 billion (US$45,000) in support of the Tam long Viet (Vietnamese Heart) Fund's healthy heart operation. — VNS Photo Thanh Hai
HA NOI (VNS) — Lixil Viet Nam Ltd today donated VND1 billion (US$45,000) in support of the Tam long Viet (Vietnamese Heart) Fund's healthy heart operation.
The programme provides surgeries for underprivileged children in Viet Nam with congenital heart diseases.
The funding will be used to perform 25-30 surgeries for children aged under 16, whose families are too poor to afford the operations.
This donation has brought the company's total contribution to the fund to VND6.2 billion ($275,000) over the past six years.
To date, the fund has raised more than VND90 billion ($4 million) and provided heart surgeries nationwide to 2,700 poor children with congenital heart disease, the fund director Nguyen Thuy Cam said.
Cam added that the fund expected to receive more support from the business community and society in order to save more needy children in Viet Nam.
Initiated by the Vietnamese Heart Fund, the Viet Nam Television and Viettel Group in 2008, the programme targeted providing heart surgeries to 3,000 needy children in Viet Nam by 2020.
The Ministry of Health statistics said 8,000-10,000 infants were born with congenital heart defects each year in Viet Nam and some 20,000 children in the country are still waiting for surgery. — VNS